Frequently Asked Questions
- Who must be licensed to perform polygraph examinations in Texas?
- What are the different types of polygraph licenses?
- What are the requirements for a Polygraph Examiner’s license?
- Where can I get an application for a polygraph examiner’s license, polygraph internship license, or an application if I am licensed in another state?
- What are the requirements for a Polygraph Examiner’s Internship License?
- Are there any insurance/bond requirements for a licensee?
- Are polygraph examiners who work for state agencies required to carry a Surety Bond or Insurance?
- Where will a state license allow me to work?
- Do I need to display my license?
- How do I renew my Polygraph Examiner License?
- What is required to renew my Internship License?
- How much does it cost to renew my license?
- Anyone who performs Polygraph Examinations in the state of Texas must be licensed.
- A Polygraph Examiner Trainee under training to become a polygraph examiner in Texas must also be licensed.
Please read the definitions of Polygraph Examiner, Polygraph Examiner Trainee and Polygraph Examiner Internship in the Polygraph Examiners Administrative Rules.
- Polygraph Examiner
- Polygraph Internship (Trainee)
You must submit a completed application, any required supporting documentation, and pay the required fees. In addition, you must meet the following requirements:
- Hold a BA degree from a college/university/organization, OR
Have active investigative experience during the five years preceding the date of the application
- Completed an acceptable department-approved polygraph examiners course of study taught by a school recognized by the department and completed at least 6 months of polygraph examiner internship
- Have not been convicted of an offense that directly relates to a polygraph examiner duties
- Passed a three-part examination approved by the department
NOTE: If you are applying for a Polygraph Internship License, your application must include a completed Polygraph Internship Education and Investigative Experience Form, also available on our webpage cited above.
- Apply on a department provided form
- Pay the required fee, and
- Successfully pass a criminal background check.
Yes, before a license is issued, the Polygraph Examiner must provide to the department evidence of a surety bond OR insurance policy that is in the amount of $5,000.
An insurance certificate must be accompanied by a letter from the insurance company stating:
- the insurance policy provides for payment up to $5,000 for all judgments recovered against the license holder/polygraph examiner for any wrongful or illegal act committed by the license holder in the course of administering a polygraph examination
- the name, title, and contact information of the person to whom claims should be addressed; and
- that the insurance policy will remain in effect during the registration period of the insured polygraph examiner and for two years thereafter for wrongful or illegal acts as a polygraph examiner committed by the license holder during the insurance registration period.
NOTE: The insurance policy or bond must be issued by a bonding company or insurance company that is authorized to do business in the State of Texas. The insurance policy or bond must remain in effect for two years after the effective cancellation date.
No. State employees who only give polygraph exams in the course of their state employment are not required to have a bond or an insurance policy if the polygraph examiner and state agency are otherwise insured as discussed in the State Employee Bonding Act, Chapter 653, Title 6 Government Code. The State Employee Bonding Act only applies to polygraph examiners who are employees of state agencies.
A letter is required as an attachment to your application that states:
- your job title,
- that you are employed by a covered state agency; and
- that you administer polygraph examinations solely in your capacity as a state employee.
You may work anywhere in the state of Texas.
Yes. The Polygraph Examiners Occupation Code requires a polygraph examiner or trainee to prominently display their license at your place of business or place of internship.
Sign and date the renewal form indicating that you will maintain the financial security requirements (bond/insurance) as stated in Section 88.40 of the Polygraph Examiner Rules. The renewal fee is required with the renewal form. Send your license renewal request and renewal fee to: TDLR, P.O. Box 12157, Austin, TX 78711-2157.
Send your license renewal request and renewal fee to: TDLR, P.O. Box 12157, Austin, TX 78711-2157.
An Internship license may only be renewed once. A trainee may not hold another internship license until the first anniversary of the date the previous internship license expired.
Polygraph Examiner License renewal is $350; 1-90 days late is $525, and 91 days - 18 months late is $700.
Internship License renewal is $50; 1-90 days late is $75, and 91 days - 18 months late is $100.
NOTE: All fees submitted are non-refundable.
If your renewal application is postmarked before your expiration date, it is considered a timely renewal.
You may be subject to enforcement actions, including administrative penalties and sanctions, for operating with an expired license (expired less than 18 months) or operating without a registration (expired 18 months or more).
If your license has been expired for more than 18 months but less than three years, you may submit a 'Request to Executive Director for Expired License Renewal' form with the required renewal fee.
1. What are the requirements for a Texas license through reciprocity?
The executive director may waive any license requirement for an applicant who holds a license from another state that has license requirements substantially equivalent to those of Texas. The department will determine if the other state’s license is substantially equivalent to those of Texas.
A copy of the out-of-state license must be attached to the application. The polygraph licensing authority in the state specified on the application must send a letter to TDLR verifying that your license is in good standing for at least one year.
- Where can I find a list of approved Polygraph Examiner courses?
- I have completed a number of hours in an out-of-state polygraph examiner school. Can I transfer those hours to a school in Texas?
- Is there a polygraph examiner apprentice program in Texas?
Go to the Polygraph Examiner Education page for a complete list of TDLR-approved Polygraph Examiner courses.
No. Texas does not allow the transfer of hours from an out-of-state school.
There is no official apprentice or internship program, but the Texas Polygraph Administrative Rules require an internship prior to becoming a licensed polygraph examiner. The intern sponsor must adhere to the items in 16 Texas Administrative Code, Chapter 88 regarding internship requirements.
- To be licensed, must I pass an examination?
- When and where are the examinations (written and practical) for polygraph examiner held?
- How do I prepare for the practical examination?
- How do I learn whether I passed or failed the examination?
- If I passed the examination, how soon do I get a license?
- Can I begin working while I wait for my license application to be processed?
- How do I reschedule my exam?
- Who do I contact to schedule my exam?
Yes. A three-part examination (written, scenario, and practical portion) must be passed in order to become a licensed Polygraph Examiner.
The polygraph exams are administered by a third-party vendor and are available daily at more than 17 locations throughout Texas.
The Candidate Information Bulletin provides an outline of the examination.
Your grade will be handed to you at the test center by the proctor after you have completed the test. The exam vendor generates a score report which provides a diagnostic analysis of your strengths and weaknesses.
If you have filed an application, met all the requirements, and included all necessary documentation, you should receive your license within 7 to 10 days.
No. Work should not be performed until the license has been issued.
Rescheduling may only be done by contacting the exam vendor within 48 hours of your scheduled appointment. If you do not reschedule within 48 hours, your fee will be forfeited. The Polygraph Examiner Candidate Information Bulletin mentioned above has more information.
Contact the exam vendor via the internet 24 hours a day or by phone to schedule your exam date. See the Candidate Information Bulletin by following the link in #3 above.
1. How may I receive notification of new and changing information from your department?
You may sign up on the TDLR E-mail Subscriber Notification Lists on our website at https://public.govdelivery.com/accounts/TXDLR/subscriber/topics?qsp=CODE_RED. These list(s) were established to allow subscribers to receive automated notification of new and changing information.
- What is required to renew my TDLR polygraph examiner license besides submitting my renewal application and renewal fee?
- Should I wait to submit my license renewal application until after I have completed my six hours of continuing education?
- Where can I locate polygraph examiner continuing education provider and course information?
- What is the actual amount of instruction time required for one hour of continuing education?
- There are no continuing education classroom courses in my area. Are other course delivery methods available?
- What must I do if I have already taken a continuing education course, but that provider is not on TDLR's web site list of registered providers?
- Who notifies TDLR that I have completed a required continuing education course?
- How will I be notified that I have completed a required continuing education course?
- Can I get partial credit for completing part of a required continuing education course?
- Are licensees who take a distance learning continuing education courses (for example: online or computer course) monitored?
- Will I be able to go to TDLR's web site and look up my completed continuing education hours?
- What can I do if my completed continuing education hours are not posted on the TDLR web site?
- What should I do if I don't receive a certificate for my completed continuing education course?
- If I am a licensee and an instructor for an approved continuing education course, can I get my continuing education hours while teaching that course?
- Will college course hours count towards continuing education for license renewal?
- How long must I keep a copy of my continuing education certificate of completion?
1. What is required to renew my TDLR polygraph examiner license besides submitting my renewal application and renewal fee?
Each polygraph examiner is required to complete six hours of continuing education in courses approved by the department.
2. Should I wait to submit my license renewal application until after I have completed my six hours of continuing education?
No. You may file your renewal application at any time during your renewal period. We encourage you to file the application early so your license won't expire and you won't have to pay late renewal fees.
3. Where can I locate continuing education (CE) provider and course information?
You can find CE provider and course information on TDLR's web site. This list is updated as new providers are registered and courses are approved.
4. What is the actual amount of instruction time required for one hour of continuing education?
One hour of continuing education is equivalent to 50 minutes of actual instruction time.
5. There are no continuing education classroom courses in my area. Are other course delivery methods available?
Yes. Go to the Continuing Education Providers page on TDLR's web site. Select the Offers Internet Courses button on the web page to see only those CE Providers that provide internet courses.
6. What must I do if I have already taken a continuing education course, but that provider is not on TDLR's web site list of registered providers?
If the course you took was not from a registered TDLR provider (or was not an approved course), it will not count toward your required hours for license renewal. You must select a CE course from registered providers and approved courses.
7. Who notifies TDLR that I have completed a required continuing education course?
Providers are required to submit to TDLR your continuing education course completion information. If you have taken a course from one or more providers, each provider must send that information to TDLR and also issue you a certificate of course completion. CE course completion information is available on the web site for your review. If you have a question about the information posted on the web site, please check first with the provider. If you continue to have questions, please contact TDLR: by phone, (512) 463-6599 or toll-free in Texas (800) 803-9202; or by email firstname.lastname@example.org.
8. How will I be notified that I have completed a required continuing education course?
Your provider will issue you a course completion certificate. If you have questions, please contact your provider first. If you continue to have questions, please contact TDLR: by phone, (512) 463-6599 or toll-free in Texas (800) 803-9202; or by e-mail email@example.com.
9. Can I get partial credit for completing part of a required continuing education course?
No. TDLR does not accept partial completion of a continuing education course. However, a provider may allow you to finish the course at another time. When the course is fully completed, the provider will send the completion record to TDLR.
10. Will I be monitored if I take a distance learning continuing education course (for example: on-line or computer course)?
Yes. TDLR requires the provider to monitor licensee attendance for all courses, including online courses. If a licensee does not meet the provider's monitoring requirements, credit for continuing education hours will not be given.
11. Will I be able to go to TDLR's web site and look up my completed continuing education hours?
Yes. You can use the CE Courses Lookup on TDLR's web site.
12. What can I do if my completed continuing education hours are not posted on the TDLR web site?
If your course completion is not posted seven days after you completed the course, contact your provider.
13. What should I do if I don't receive a certificate for my completed continuing education course?
If you do not receive your course completion certificate within 15 days from the end of your course, please check first with your provider.
14. If I am a licensee and an instructor for an approved continuing education course, can I get my continuing education hours while teaching that course?
Instructors who are licensees may arrange with the provider to get continuing education hours for that portion of the course which the instructor taught. However, if the instructor does not teach the entire course, the instructor must attend the remainder of the course to obtain credit for the whole course. No partial course credit is allowed.
15. Will college course hours count towards continuing education for license renewal?
If the college course is a TDLR approved continuing education course, then the course hours can be used for license renewal. However, the courses must be taken during the period of the license being renewed. Courses which are not approved by TDLR as continuing education courses cannot be used for license renewal.
16. How long must I keep a copy of my continuing education certificate of completion?
You are required to keep a copy of the continuing education certificate for one year after the date you completed the course.